“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He trims so that it may bear more fruit.”—John 15:2

Isn’t it interesting that cutting back a vine makes it more fruitful? Soil type and climate are some of the more important factors to consider when planting crops. Lest we think that rapid growth means a bountiful crop, we would be wise to consider why pruning is often so necessary.

Humans share these elements in common with plants. This is why Yeshua said that he trims even the branch that bears fruit so that it may bear more fruit. A rapid spiritual growth may not allow us to develop the spiritual resilience necessary to withstand the warfare that may come our way when we are called to a ministry of increased responsibility. God prunes us to harden our resolve—to develop our spiritual muscles, endurance, and faith so that we will be more effective for the kingdom.

This is why scripture tells us, “My son, never despise Adonai’s discipline or dread His correction. For Adonai loves those He reproves, even as a father, the son in whom he delights” (Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:5-6). We also read that “all discipline seems painful at the moment—not joyful. But later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11).

Today, if you feel you are experiencing spiritual pruning know that it is so that you may bear more fruit. Your pruning is a grooming process and while it may not be pleasant your enduring it will result in a beautiful masterpiece in God’s kingdom.